March 2011 News Stories

March 2011 News Stories

  • Jacqueline Edelberg Shares Blueprint for School Reform Based on ‘People Power’
    Author and parent Jacqueline Edelberg, who made change happen at the low-performing school in her Chicago neighborhood, brought her blueprint for reform to associate professor Diane Schanzenbach’s Contemporary Issues in Education class on February 22.

  • National Review Cites David Figlio's Research on School Vouchers
    According to professor David Figlio's study, the Florida school voucher system known as the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program led to improvements in public schools because of expanded access to private school options. Reihan Salam in the National Review cites the study as evidence of the efficacy of school choice.

  • Comics to Cyberspace: New Media for Literacy
    Associate professors Eva Lam and David Rapp study new media and literacy. Rapp examines how graphic stories promote literacy skills. Lam investigates how new media aids multilingual development and learning in immigrant students.

  • Michael Wolf's Study Finds Confusion over Multiple Prescription Dosing
    A study led by learning sciences associate professor Michael Wolf found that many older patients are so confused by the vague instructions on multiple prescription bottles that they don’t realize they can combine their medications to take them more efficiently. Wolf and his colleagues propose a universal medication schedule.

  • Senior Daniel Basco Helps to Develop National Innovation Web Site
    As an outgrowth of an internship at the National Institutes of Health for his SESP practicum, senior Daniel Basco helped to develop a web site for tracking federal investment in innovation.

  • Carol Lee Honored as AERA Fellow for Outstanding Education Research Accomplishments
    The American Educational Research Association (AERA) named SESP professor Carol Lee an AERA Fellow in recognition of her exceptional contributions to education research.

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Researches Parental Education for Kids' Success
    With a new forward-thinking research project, SESP professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale continues her work to improve outcomes for preschoolers growing up in poverty — by encouraging parents’ postsecondary education and career training.

  • SESP Ranks Number Seven
    Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) ranks number seven in the nation, according to the new 2012 ranking of graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Sandy Schwan (MS03) to Speak at Day with Northwestern
    At A Day with Northwestern on April 16, SESP alumna and adjunct faculty member Sandy Schwan (MS03) will speak on how to get the most of volunteering.

  • Undergraduates Receive SESP Opportunities Fund Grants
    Joan DeGennaro, Jane Merrill and Sharona Sernik are the most recent recipients of awards from the SESP Opportunities Fund, which was established to support the special projects and community endeavors of undergraduate students.

  • Video: High School Students Use Computers for iLabs Science Experiments
    The Office of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education Partnerships is providing high schools with access to iLabs -- its remote online laboratory project that enables students to use real instruments to carry out science experiments. An HP Catalyst Initiative grant extends network access and teacher training to underserved schools.

  • Daily Times Quotes David Figlio on Impact of School Vouchers
    According to professor David Figlio's research in Florida, vouchers have a positive effect on the students remaining in the public schools, and parents of students using vouchers for private schools report greater satisfaction. Delaware County Daily Times quotes Figlio in relation to the controversy over school choice in Pennsylvania.

  • Medill Reports: Senior Sarah Hong Excited to Take On Science Teaching
    Senior Sarah Hong, who is student teaching in chemistry, is excited to help students make connections between science and the real world. She's preparing to join a profession with many challenges.

  • Gregory Light to Keynote Midwest Teaching Conference
    Associate professor Gregory Light will give the keynote address at the 12th annual Midwest Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning on April 15 at Indiana University-South Bend.

  • Chicago Tribune Quotes Diane Schanzenbach on School Breakfast Plan
    In a Chicago Tribune article about the Chicago Public Schools mandatory breakfast plan, SESP professor Diane Schanzenbach comments that schools should be able to opt out because of the loss of instructional time.

  • Faculty and Students Give Presentations at AERA Conference
    At the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) from April 8 to 12, 53 Northwestern University faculty members and graduate students will give presentations about their research, and Carol Lee will be named an AERA Fellow.

  • Meixi Ng Wins Princeton in Latin America Fellowship
    Meixi Ng (BS10) won a Princeton in Latin America Fellowship to do research and work with teachers in rural communities of Mexico. Her goal is to learn about transformative education in marginalized communities.

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Wins Distinguished Child Policy Research Award
    Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale was selected to receive the 2011 Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children award from the Society for Research in Child Development.

  • Computational Literacy: As Essential as ABCs?
    The research of faculty members Uri Wilensky and Matt Easterday involves the design of educational technology. Wilensky developed computer modeling software called NetLogo. Easterday researches how to develop representations, such as video games, that help students learn about public policy.